Public Appeals, Memory, and the Spanish-American Conflict
Part of a series of exhibitions and programs at eight cultural and academic institutions in the metropolitan New York area, this exhibit was curated for the New York Public Library by Professor Alfonso W. Quiroz. Designed to commemorate the centenary of the Spanish-American War, the site explores the patriotic appeals in newspapers, pamphlets, popular literature, maps, music, political cartoons, images, and motion pictures. It traces the sources of these public campaigns and perceptions of the war in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Spain, and the United States, and how these campaigns contributed to popular sentiments about the conflict.
The exhibit is divided into five parts: Antecedents (1895-98); Public Appeals (1898); Popular Participation (1898-99); Public Memories; and Historical Perspectives. Each section contains text and approximately five to ten images. There are also chronologies of the Spanish-Cuban-American War (1895-98), the Spanish-American War (1898), and the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). An exhibition checklist gives a list and 25-word descriptions of items in the exhibit. There is a bibliography of 26 scholarly works on the Spanish-American War as well as links to 13 other Web exhibits related to the war. The site contains no index or keyword search mechanism, which makes searching for specific topics somewhat cumbersome, but it is a good source for research on war and memory and the Spanish-American War.